Since Banksia‘s instruction booklet covers the inset sleeve method (and we did a tutorial for that here), I thought it might be nice to show a different sleeve insertion this time. So today we’ll go through the flat sleeve insertion!
Sometimes I like to mix up how I do things to stop myself from getting bored – so when I get tired of inset sleeves, this is the method I use. Actually, I’d say I use this most often for knits.
Okie dokie, here we go:
As per usual we’ll sew a row of basting stitches along the sleeve cap. Leave the ends loose so that you can gather the fabric very slightly to easy it into the arm hole.
Remember we’ve only sewn the shoulder seams so far. So let’s lay the top flat and open with the right side of the fabric facing upwards.
Lay the sleeve right side facing down, and pin from underarm to underarm, shaping the sleeve into the armscye as you go.
Sew the sleeve seam, and then finish the raw edges.
Press the sleeve seam towards the sleeve.
The cool thing about doing the sleeve this way is that you can now sew the sleeve side seam, and shirt side seam all in one go!
Turn the top inside out so that the right sides are facing each other, and line up the side seams. Pin in place, then sew and neaten the edges.
LOOKING FOR MORE BANKSIA POSTS?
- Sewing: Darts & Seams
- Sewing: Basting & Placket prep
- Sewing: Collars
- Sewing: Collarless version
- Sewing: How to sew a placket
- Sewing: How to sew a placket the easier way
- Sewing: How to sew a faux placket
- Sewing: Leaving the placket off
- Sewing: Flat sleeve insertion (this post!)
- Sewing: Sleeveless version
- Sewing: Long-sleeved version
- Sewing: Hemming
- Sewing: Dress version
- Sewing: Jersey version
Some other tutorials you might like to check out:
- Pattern Alterations: How to turn the pattern into a dress
- Pattern Alterations: Altering bust dart height
- Pattern Alterations: Bust adjustments (FBA and SBA)
- Pattern Alterations: Lengthen the sleeves
- Pattern Alterations: Drafting different collars
- Pattern Alterations: Alter the pattern for stretch fabrics